Worker Protections

Dropped Objects Prevention 

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Dropped Object Prevention

Dropped Objects Prevention  Buyers Guide

Dropped Objects Prevention  Worker Protections

Increasing numbers of employees are finding themselves ascending to heights to complete their work often directly over or adjacent to their colleagues, by-standers and other individuals at lower levels. Protective equipment, such as hard hats, have long been available to minimize the effects of struck-by incidents only after an object has fallen. Preventative measures such as netting and toe boards are also a mitigating practice for this this risk, however there are challenges to these solutions, and they do not entirely prevent incidents. Active controls utilized to prevent falling objects by tying them off or containing them while at heights are a rapidly growing practice.

Federal Standard and Regulation

OSHA requires employers to address falling/dropped objects hazards on the job. OSHA mentions this both in General Industry (1910.23; 1910.28) and Construction (1926.451; 1926.501; 1926.759) standards. 

American National Standard

ANSI/ISEA 121-2018, American National Standard for Dropped Object Prevention Solutions, establishes minimum design, performance, and labeling requirements for solutions that reduce dropped objects incidents in industrial and occupational settings. This groundbreaking standard focuses on preventative solutions actively used by workers to mitigate these hazards, and testing of these solutions.

Major Dropped Objects Equipment Categories

Tool Tethers. Lanyards or materials designed to connect tools to approved anchor points.

Tool Attachments. Attachment points designed to be field installed onto tools or equipment to provide appropriate connection points for tethering.

Anchor Attachments. Attachment points designed to be field installed on structures, equipment or workers, to provide appropriate connection points for tethering.

Containers and bags. Devices designed to carry or transport tools and equipment to and from heights.

Additional Resources

Dropped Objects Infographic

DROPS – Dropped Objects Prevention Scheme

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